Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychological Science

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. April S. Masarik


In collaboration with the University of California, Davis, we will analyze existing data from the California Families Project, an ongoing longitudinal study of Mexican origin adults living in Northern California (N = 674). Our first objective is to investigate associations between ethnic discrimination and distress over time. Second, we explore protective factors or sources of support (ethnic pride, perceived support, neighborhood cohesion) that may moderate the association between discrimination and distress over time. Third, we investigate whether there are significant gender differences in levels of discrimination and distress, as well as the associations between discrimination and distress over time.

Participant data come from home interviews (survey) over a ten-year period. Our statistical analyses include measurement invariance tests and equality constraints between males and females in structural equation models and testing interaction effects between levels of discrimination and the three hypothesized protective factors.

Findings will advance understanding about the mental health outcomes associated with discrimination as well as the factors that promote wellbeing among Mexican origin adults. Data analyses are currently underway and will be completed in early April. Findings may inform future research and theory development, practice, and policy so that the mental health of Mexican origin families can be improved.